Monday, April 30, 2007

Illustration Friday : Remember


Alway remember to walk QUIETLY through the jungle, Fred!

A Fun And Hilarious Online Toy

If you have access to a mic for your computer, or have a built in mic, then head on over to the Online Toy Frog ! This silly frog will respond to your voice and open it's mouth as though it's say the words you're saying. A real hoot for the kids.

There's also a cut video on youtube of a couple kids playing with it. Be careful though, it's an 11 on the cute scale.

Illustration Friday : Remember

Sometimes you're on your way out to do chores or errands, or go to work--all those adult things, and kids run by riding bikes, or playing hide and seek. You try to remember who you were when you were that age. And you miss how simple things used to be.

A video of the making of this illustration is below! Enjoy :0)

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Bill The Acrobatic Squirrel

I walked into the kitchen this afternoon and saw the strangest thing. An upside down squirrel eating seed from my bird feeder. He didn't seem to mind a bit that I was staring at him, so I got my camera and captured this little guy's daring-do. I don't mind squirrels eating the food, and actually put out a plate of their own chow--I guess he preferred eating at a more vertical shaped restaurant.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Moleskine Warm Up

Here are a couple warm-up drawings before I work on an assignment today. Also have to finish cleaning my studio--I just don't know what to do with all these picture books! I could practically make a whole kid's library out of it all. They're under my bead, on shelves, in Target plastic bins. Phew!

Some Quick Drawings

I got some new art supplies recently, and I don't know why, but seeing all that stuff wrapped in shrink wrap and waiting to be used really inspires me.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

First Video

Hi all, I'm still learning, so the first part of the video is a bit too far away (about 50 seconds of it) but then I movie in closer. Next time I'll probably try to shoot over my shoulder somehow. We'll see.

Also, I had my 'comments' hidden today - weird! All fixed now though. :0)

Illustration Friday: Polar

Monday, April 23, 2007

Videos Coming Soon To Fox in Socks!

Tomorrow I'll be receiving the new video camera I ordered--yay! I intend to use it a great deal on this blog, so we'll see what happens. I'm not sure exactly how long it takes to transfer and edit a video, but I will find out soon enough--I plan to record the making of my Illustration Friday drawing this week. I love watching other people's vids to see their process etc. so it will just be another neat element to add. Hmmm...I'd better wear nail polish or something since you're basically going to see my hands through the whole thing haha.

Another idea might be to tape a start to finish video on the different phases of receiving an assignment, completing sketches, receiving reviews, completion of the painting, and at last shipping. This would be for people just getting started in the business so they can see what to expect!

Okay, I promise to get some new drawings up here soon. Hope everyone is doing well. :0)

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Polar Bear Sketches On Moleskine

Last night, I decided to draw something with polar bears for the illustration Friday theme Polar. But when I went to draw one, I really didn't have a clear idea of what the actual animal looked like--and it showed. I had drawn a few polar bear images couple months back, but was never happy with them. So I've decided to tackle the root of the problem - I'll study their form a bit more instead of relying too much on my 'idea' of what they look like.

Here are some things I discovered. They have very long necks! My first drawings basically looked like white versions of black bears or grizzly bears--oops. Polar bears have very long broad noses, flat heads, long necks and almost a woolly type fur. They are also not as cuddly as the multitude of polar bear stuffed toys might lead you to believe. Polar bears are powerful and can be extremely dangerous, can grow up to 10 feet tall and weigh up to 1,700 lbs.

That's a LOT of bear!

As a side note, while I'm working today I'm going to watch/listen to "Raising Arizona" and maybe fit in a walk in this beautiful weather!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Wednesday, April 18, 2007



"Where am I?" asked Pig
"New York City..... The Big Apple," mumbled the pelican as he lifted his head back with a fish and swallowed it whole."
"How did I get here?!"
The pelican looked at him like he had no brains at all. "How should I know?" And with that, he dropped off to sleep.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Monday, April 16, 2007

Caution: Lion Crossing - rough sketch

This is an idea I've had on my mind for quite a while, but haven't had time to get it down until tonight. The High Five sketch/assignment was very complicated in terms of subject matter, so I put all my energy into making it the best piece I could over the last several days. And of course I can't post those until it's published. I learned a lot in the process as well, especially about the usefulness of unusual perspective. As far as I'm concerned, I just added new and exciting tools to the tool box.

I'm going to rework this tomorrow, explore some other points of view and compositional options with thumbnail sketches galore.

Friday, April 13, 2007

The Name is Bond, James Bond

Just little change of pace here. I've been getting more magazine work than ever before this year, and right now am working on a four page piece for the new Highlights magazine, High Five. I can't share any of the sketches/illustrations until the magazine comes out this November (the month of my birthday, a very nice present indeed!). Anyways, I love to watch movies while I work. Even if the movie has nothing to do with the subject I'm working on, it still inspires me. I guess the beauty of cinematography makes me view my books from a more cinematic point of view. Sometimes when I'm thinking of a scene I have to illustrate, I'll actually take an imaginary camera in my mind and move it around at all angles to find the best one. An illustrator can learn a lot about composition and timing from a quality film.

Anyways, one movie that I just can't seem to stop watching is "Casino Royale". The lead actor, Daniel Craig is absolutely brilliant and just perfect for the part. I'm glad too, because there were some mindless fools bashing the poor fella when it was revealed that he would be the new Bond. Well, I guess he showed them, and then some! I can't get enough of the soundtrack tune "You Know My Name" either. It's written and performed by Chris Cornell from Soundgarden:

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Enthusiastic Reader

Oops, looks like she's doing the Star Trek/Vulcan sign with her left hand there.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Tomato Soup

This is probably a four star long as you don't mind some mouse hair and feathers in your soup! Let's see if I can get the color right on this one.

Sunday, April 08, 2007


Peter slipped into his green dragon suit, and for the first time in his life, he felt brave.

Happy Easter!

Drew this on my program while sitting in church. There were adorable little girls with bonnets on sitting in front of me, which inspired the picture.

I can't believe how cold it is--very un-easter like! Go away cold weather, I'm soooo tired of you.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Illustration Friday : Green

Which cat ate a bad fish?

Ginger at Ginger Pixels wrote a sweet and funny poem for this illustration! Thanks Ginger!

Purr fect ly delicious
Yet one of those fishes
Has turned someone green
And now we have seen
As Illustrated by you
It's purple-hat-cat number two

A Long Day For the Limo Driver

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Before Color...

Hunt dip pen(my favorite pen nib company so far) and Higgins Black Magic ink on hot press Arches 140lb watercolor paper

I thought I'd post a 'before' and 'after' picture of this street scene. The coloring is going to be tricky...


I don't know why this bizarre idea popped in my head, but it sure was fun to draw!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Hug O' War - Shel Silverstein

I will not play at tug o' war.
I'd rather play at hug o' war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.

Hugs Collection

Hopefully that branch doesn't snap!

Sorry for the multiple postings on this week's Illustration Friday topic. My agent wants new portfolio pieces soon, and ideas kept popping up for the 'snap' theme. So I went with it. :0)

Monday, April 02, 2007

The Hugs Collection

Bee Sting Hugs

The Hugs Collection

Trunk Hugs

High Noon

It's man vs. beast in this battle of wills. And throw a little tuna breath in there too.